by: Terry Weible Murphy
Platform: Hardcover Library Book
This is one of those fascinating books that you can sit down and read pretty quickly. The main character's story, Ed Zine, is one that I feel many can relate to but then it takes a turn. Life at home as a kid was hard, but then he is hit with the devastating loss of his mother to cancer and his life is turned upside down.
The author does a wonderful job of helping you actually see the living conditions Ed survived in. They also try very hard to feel the way Ed was feeling and the stress that OCD put on his life. OCD took him over and directed his every move. Some self-directed Exposure Response Therapy was used to help Ed overcome OCD and rejoin the outside world after encouragement from the Dr. Jenkins.
Of course there is a beautiful, happy ending but it in no way overshadows the trials this young man went through. Stories like this one really get my mind going and wondering about all the other people out there in the world who are also struggling in silence OCD. Some who may not have supportive families, or others who's families may feel exhausted in their efforts to help. This is a great story to add hope to anyone struggling with OCD.